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The Curbly House: Where Are They Now?

by Alicia Lacy

Curbly House status update!

The Curbly House has been on a blogging hiatus, because, well... we had a baby and moved into an "under construction" house two weeks later. Then, we proceeded to lose our minds.

But as the baby grew bigger and we finally started being able to distinguish between night and day, things started to happen around the house. So here's a long-overdue update on where things stand with the Curbly House, and what's coming up next. Here we go!

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How To Build Sawhorses

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

How To Build Sawhorses


Next time you see sawhorses in a shop, don't take them for granted. It takes more than a little effort to build a pair if you've never done it before. I've tried the store-bought kind. They don't hold a candle to custom sized, good old fashioned handmade wooden sawhorses.  Even if you're just dabbling in some carpentry projects, you need a good pair of these handy helpers.

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Build Your Pooch a Stretch and Screw Canvas Cot

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Build Your Pooch a Stretch and Screw Canvas Cot

Our itchy, smelly, terrier mutt Chip is having all sorts of skin issues in this hot weather. Even with his new crew cut and gourmet baths, sometimes he just wreaks and the fabric covered pillow bed I made him isn't smelling so fresh either. So, I'm liking MonkeyBoy 13's easy, breezy dog cot made out of PVC pipe and canvas. Chip could lounge up off the ground, air moving all around him, plus enjoy the comfort of the sling-like cot. One thing I may design differently is...

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How To Build a Platform Bed, Deck, or Poolside Lounger for Under $30

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

platformbed

Aeray is a professional carpenter, furniture maker, designer and builder and he's frustrated with the overbuilding and over-engineering done on simple DIY projects. His goal for his tutorial on Instructables is to illustrate how to simply and inexpensively build a multipurpose platform deck that can be used for a queen sized bed, a futon mattress, or a waterproofed, cushioned poolside lounger (as suggested by one commenter).

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DIY Castle Building 101

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

DIY Castle Building 101

What would impel a guy to DIY a castle? Oh, I don't know, maybe being inspired by a beautiful stone in the road, gratitude for divine intervention, or maybe fifteen years of prison for not converting from catholic to protestent. Or, maybe you just start mixing up cement and goat's milk and start slapping together old car parts, telephone poles and rail tracks. Next thing you know, you've got yourself a castle. Read more...

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How To Build a Backyard Tree House

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

How To Build a Backyard Tree House

Photos: Popluar Mechanics

We've all seen photos of amazing tree house architecture, but nothing compares to this dad's tender narrative of building his kids' their own backyard tree fort. The next best thing to letting his kids build it themselves is reading about his recollection of the construction of his own childhood perch with his neighborhood friends, an all but extinct experience these days. His story, intertwined with a descriptive How To, evoked sweet memories of my own childhood summers filled with treacherous climbs up to our homemade shack and our summer long attempts to make it cozier by adding carpet, floor tiles, and eventually shingles.

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How To: Build a Stowable Upholstery Workbench

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

How To: Build a Stowable Upholstery Workbench

How are you all ever going to get that chair reupholstered without a proper upholstery height workbench?  The right tools are a must. You see, upholstering on the floor is no good. You get up and down and have to flip and lift furniture to get all around it. A normal table height is no good either, a chair is way too high up to get the leverage you need.  Now there's an answer. Just follow my simple instructions and photos of the Mr. making my...

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